Three American paratroopers, held prisoner overnight by the rebel forces in Santo Domingo, were released Wednesday (9 June).
Three American paratroopers, held prisoner overnight by the rebel forces in Santo Domingo, were released Wednesday (9 June). As they left rebel headquarters, they had to walk a three-block gauntlet of jeering and chanting rebel sympathizers.
The three Americans -- two enlisted men and Second Lieutenant Henry Le Force -- wandered into the rebel zone on Tuesday (8 June). They were looking for an address and said the Brazilian troops on duty at the border failed to stop them. They apparently did not see the numerous signs warning them that they were leaving the International Zone. In any case, the rebels arrested them shortly afterwards and took them to rebel headquarters in downtown Santo Domingo where they were held prisoner overnight. They were well treated.
A civilian representative of the Organisation of American States arrived Wednesday morning and arranged their release. As the three men stepped outside, they were bombarded with a chorus of boos and jeers. The crowd shouted "Yankee Go Home" and similar slogans. The three paratroopers had to walk for three blocks through the crowd while rebel soldiers and police struggled with the jeering and chanting Dominicans in an attempt to clear the way. The crowd continued to shout as the three got into a waiting OAS car and drove off, with rebel soldiers on the hood to clear the path.
The crowd remained in the streets for some time.